Jan/Feb 2015

 
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New Doras Luimní Chairperson appointed

Doras Luimní would like to welcome Dr. John Lannon as the newly elected Chairperson of the Board of Directors. John has been involved with Doras Luimní since its establishment and has been dedicated to the promotion and protection of migrant rights for several years. John has considerable experience in the NGO and social justice sector, with a particular focus on NGO governance and management.
 
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Vinod Bajaj, Chariperson of Doras Luimni from 2012 to 2014, for his dedication to the role.


Human Trafficking and Migrant Prostitution in Limerick

Doras Luimní will launch new research on Human Trafficking and Migrant Prostitution in Limerick on 23rd February 2015. The research analyses the anti-trafficking services provided to clients by Doras Luimní. It also provides an overview of the street outreach project to women in prostitution which is carried out in partnership with Limerick sexual health charity, Goshh.

The research captures the social, legal and economic barriers faced by clients who access state support services.  In particular, it highlights the systemic issues facing migrants when accessing social protection, health care, training and education.

In 2014, Doras Luimní provided support to victims of trafficking for sexual and labour exploitation, and for forced marriage. 

See event details below for further information on the report launch. 


Leadership and Active Citizenship Programme launched 

The Leadership and Active Citizenship programme will run from February until May 2015 and aims to strengthen the capacity of leaders within the migrant community, who are working towards societal change.

Participants will learn the core concepts of leadership and gain skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, self-awareness, as well as enhance their knowledge of the Irish political system, representation and voting, media skills and positive community activism.
Programme trainers and speakers will include Doras Luimní team members and external guests who will engage with the participants and facilitate the discussions. 

For more information, visit www.dorasluimni.org or contact Vania Alexandrova-Jovic at Doras Luimni on 061310328 or v.alexandrova@dorasluimni.org


Incredible Years


We are now accepting applications for the 'The Incredible Years' programme. The parenting skills and support programme addresses all essential aspects of the parenting by engaging the participants in a variety of positive discipline techniques and relationship-building strategies.

Jumoke Oyewo, our Incredible Years group facilitator, emphasises: “This programme is designed to help parents to establish a strong social, emotional and academic connection with their children at an early point in their relationship that is crucial to ensuring that the child develops into a happy, balanced young adult”.

For more information, please contact Jumoke Oyewo at 061 310328 or email j.oyewo@dorasluimni.org


Issues faced by migrants accessing Social Protection in Ireland

Doras Luimni contributed to the report “Person or Number? 2: A second examination of issues faced by immigrants in accessing social protection in Ireland”, that was launched on 20th January 2015 in Dublin.

The report is critical of how the Department of Social Protection deals with migrants and is based on a random thirty-five case sample of migrants who access the Department of Social protection service, including case studies from Limerick, and an online survey with thirty-seven managers of citizen information services nationally.

The report is a follow-up to the first Person or Number? report  in 2012 which led to the creation of the Migrant Consultative Forum (MCF), made up of representatives from NGOs and the Department. With the support of the Minister for Social Protection, the MCF has made significant headway in bringing about positive reforms in the DSP’s customer service and raising awareness of issues impacting migrants.

The new report was launched by Minister of State for Equality, New Communities and Culture  Aodhán Ó Riordáin. 
The report is critical of how the Department of Social Protection deals with immigrants and identifies key shortcomings including customer service issues; including rudeness, inappropriate behaviour, inappropriate or abusive language and instances of racism. 

Read the full report here.


 Limerick City and County Council motion to end Direct Provision 

Cllr. Prendiville, AAA, has announced his intention to propose a motion to Limerick City and County Council calling for the end of Direct Provision, which will coincide with the 15th anniversary of this inhumane system.

Since last summer, Cllr. Prendiville has been in contact with Doras Luimní and the campaign group 'End Direct Provision Limerick', acknowledging their work on raising awareness of the problems with the system. 

"I want to step up the campaign on this issue in the new year, and I'm hopeful Limerick City & County Council will join other councils in calling for ending to this inhumane system in 2015", Cllr Prendiville announced in a statement last Christmas. 


Doras Luimní are grateful to Cllr. Prendiville for his continued support on this issue and we look forward to working with him and all political parties and representatives in Limerick  to progress this motion and to see a strong message from Limerick local authorities.


New Anti-Rumours campaign booklets

The Anti-Rumours campaign has published a new information booklet, which addresses the "Top 5 Migration Myths" and provides evidence-based answers to most common misconceptions. 

If you would like a copy of the information booklet, please contact Aideen at Doras Luimni: a.roche@dorasluimni.org.

For more information on the Anti-Rumours campaign, please visit www.antirumours.net. 

100th Irish citizenship ceremony celebrated 

On Friday 23 January 2015, approximately 15 clients of Doras Luimni were granted Irish citizenship at the 100th Citizenship ceremony in Dublin. 

The first of its kind was held in Dublin Castle in June 2011, in which 73 candidates received their Irish citizenship.  Since then, over 60,000 people have received Irish citizenship at ceremonies held in Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Templemore and Tipperary.

In December 2014, Doras Luimni organised its own local citizenship ceremony in cooperation with the Limerick City and County Council. The organisation hopes to make this an annual event as a special welcome for new Irish citizens in Limerick.

Welcome Ceremony for new Irish citizens in Limerick

Doras Luimní hosted a successful and well received event to welcome new Irish citizens in Limerick, held in the Limerick City Gallery of Art on the 18th December 2014. Karen McHugh, CEO, Doras Luimni, and the Mayor of City and County Limerick, Cllr. Kevin Sheahan, congratulated a number of new citizens and awarded certificates. 

Karen McHugh took the opportunity to thank Limerick City and County Council and the people of Limerick for their continued support throughout 2014. 
Mayor Kevin Sheahan said the he felt honoured to participate in the ceremony and to celebrate diversity in Limerick. In his opening remarks, the Mayor stressed that he supports human rights and migrant rights and condemned the governments treatment of asylum seekers.

The ceremony was accompanied by Irish and world music, with a wide range of Limerick's finest musicians providing entertainment on the night.  
    

New Doras Luimní team members 

Hannah Culkin and Cornelia Steinbock joined the Doras Luimní team in November 2014. Hannah is assisting the Advice centre case workers in her role as Advice and Information Intern, and Cornelia is working with the Communications Officer.

Valerie O'Connor and Ahmed Hassan Mohamed have also recently joined the Doras Luimní team as part of their Student Co-op placements and will be working with Doras Luimní until June 2015.

Events

Launch of Report on Human Trafficking and Migrant Prostitution in Limerick
Niall Collins T.D., will launch the new Doras Luimní Report "No Chances, No Choices. Human Trafficking and Prostitution in Limerick: Key Issues and Challenges" on Monday 23rd February at 11am in the Hunt Museum.

For more information contact Patricia Stapleton, Anti-Trafficking Officer at: p.stapleton@dorasluimni.org

International Days

27. January - International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the victims of Holocaust
2nd February - 8th February is international 'World Faith Harmony Week'.
 
 6th February - International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
 20 February - World Day of Social Justice 
 21 February - Day of Mother Language
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